St-Germain is an artisan liqueur made from fresh elderflowers. The blossoms are harvested at the end of the spring in Savoie and are processed into a unique, modern liqueur which is now used in the most famous bars all over the world. St-Germain is seen by the best bartenders as the perfect base ingredient to prepare the most diverse cocktails with a subtle, fruity-floral note. Based on ancient traditional production methods, St-Germain is a relatively new liqueur which is named after the famous Parisian quarter Saint-Germain-des-Prés, situated on the left bank of the Seine, in the 6th Arrondissement. This is where Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were heard and seen in establishments like les Deux Magots, Café de Flore or Brasserie Lipp, and made St-Germain-des-Prés the symbol of post-war non-conformism. The perfect name for a revolutionary elderflower liqueur.
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In late spring it all happens. Some 100-odd farmers hand pick the blossems and hurry them to the collection points. Time is of essence, as the delicate flowers lose their flavor soon.
From the villages in Savoie, the blossoms are sped to Burgundy, at the distillery of St-Germain, where they are laid into water, i.e macerated. Every day of the 45 harvest period, fresh blossoms ar added, and subsequently the macerated blossoms are mixed with eau de vie, in the century’s old tradition of expert distillers. The whole process is inspired by delicate perfume techniques, and is a well kept secret of course. Finally, cane sugar is added, and the end product is a well balanced liqueur with a deliciously fresh elderflower taste with notes of pear, peach and grapefruit. To keep its optimal flavour, you are advised to consume the liqueur within six months, once opened.
A timeless classic: the St-Germain cocktail…
If you want to serve a refreshing and surprising coctail, you are advised to make good use of the Carafe St-Germain, delicately cut in the shape of a vase, which has handy marks. Just fill it with ice cubes, the correct volume of St-Germain (20 cl), up to the first mark, followed by champagne (30 cl – up to the second mark) and top it off with sparkling water (30 cl). You can add a zest of lemon, and if you want to go all the way, just add also raspberries and or blackberries. St-Germain is available in bottles of 70 cl and there is also a gift package (the St-Germain apéritif set), consisting of a 50 cl bottle of St-Germain and the Carafe.